Tropical Scenes in a Medieval Gothic Art Style

This may sound a little strange presenting tropical scenery using an earth tone medieval gothic art style and normally I wouldn’t have ever thought of it. That being said, I had an experience touring a Queen Anne style mansion years ago that illuminated me to this look. The mansion in question is called Brucemoore (wikipedia) located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a National Trust Historic Site and was built between 1884 and 1886 on a 26 acre park like estate. The last owners (the Halls 1937-1981) added two basement recreation rooms, “The Tahitian Room”, and a “Grizzly Bar”. The Tahitian room is designed to resemble a tropical island, including a faux hut roof, and a switch that can create artificial rain. It is this room where the inspiration behind the prints I have posted came from. All of the tropical art prints decorating this room were done in a similar gothic style and actually gave the Tahitian room a very warm feel due to the earth tone colors.

These prints were created using the inspiration of a large tropical resort in Mazatlan, Mexico. Situated on the beach with the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep. The grounds include swimming pools, ponds and tropical foliage creating that inner sanctum feel to shed the worries of the world. Located on the Mexican Riviera, Mazatlan is straight across the Sea of Cortez from the tip of Baja (Cabo San Lucas) on the mainland.

“Afternoon at the Beach”
“The Beach Crowd”
“Tropical Paradise”
“Resort Palm Trees”


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31 thoughts on “Tropical Scenes in a Medieval Gothic Art Style

  1. Tiffany Mendonca

    I love that your posts include some history and background on the photos, it truly adds so much! Thank you! I also love the different the texture, tone, type of art you do and how it can change the emotion or the connection with it, so amazing! For some reason in these prints I was drawn to two people in the sand, I think it’s because the texture you did around them, it made it feel so warm and peaceful, loved it!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Tiffany for the feedback….much appreciated!! The overall look of the earth tones does evoke a type of peace and tranquility. Thank you for stopping by….have a great rest of your weekend!!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I wish I could share what the room looks like…so not what I would expect! Anyway, I like playing around with different looks and had fun wit this!! Thanks for stopping by Diana!! Have a great week!!

  2. denisebushphoto

    The look has a very strong influence on the subject matter. I wonder why you say Medieval style? The broad brushstrokes especially do not give me that impression. Interesting none the less!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The gothic style varied from the Romans to the Middle Ages. In my thought process (and again this is Kirt) the gothic style evolved over many years and the earth tones were not prevalent originally, but I associate that look with the Middle Ages. I found the subject matter intriguing with that particular look after seeing it in a mansion from the early 1900โ€™s. Love the feedback Denise….thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Sue Slaght

    At your first paragraph I couldn’t imagine how the two would go together. Yet seeing the prints it feels like being transported back in time to me. That is immediately how I felt looking at them. I think whenever a photo or piece of art has that instant effect, it is a commendation in itself.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Wow…you just made my day and you experienced the same feeling I had when I saw this style used on tropical prints in that mansion. Thank you very much!!


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